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A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are Paperback – April 1, 2008
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—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“A Thousand Names for Joy is a vivid and powerful portrait of the awakened mind. I am captivated by Katie’s clear mind and loving heart, which offer the world a simple process to find joy. Who knew? Katie did, and what a blessing she offers to us all.”
—Iyanla Vanzant, founder, Inner Visions Institute
“Katie’s teachings and everyday life are pure wisdom. A Thousand Names for Joy shows us the way to inner peace, and she directs us there fearlessly, relentlessly, and with utmost generosity. I have rarely seen anyone—spiritual teachers included—embody wisdom as powerfully as Katie in her passionate embrace of each and every moment.”
—Roshi Bernie Glassman
“Byron Katie’s Work . . . acts like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being.”
—Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now
About the Author
STEPHEN MITCHELL’s website is www.StephenMitchellBooks.com.
- Publisher : Harmony; 3.2.2008 edition (April 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307339246
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307339249
- Item Weight : 8.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.14 x 0.63 x 7.98 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #60,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first book of Katie’s I read was” Loving What Is”, for a class assignment.
The second one I read was, “I need Your Love, Is That True” and the third one was her newest, “A Mind At Home With Itself”. So this read, my fourth one, was a little out of order considering when the other books were written but after reading her newest one, I wanted a little bit more.
I’ve always wondered what life looked like for Katie who has been living The Work since February 1986. I mean … how alive is The Work in the One who created it, and how can she state that she has never suffered one little bit since discovering The Work?!
This book gives a glimpse into the One. It was refreshing, enlightening, supportive and it validated that even though I am infinite (if that is even, really true), I still have a physical body.
I find that the unraveling process, just like The Work, is always in motion … never ceasing. I wonder if I will ever reach that place of indescribable joy that Katie possesses. She can marvel the act of someone pouring her a cup of tea and find such gratitude in the act that it brings her to tears. I have not experienced such gratitude and wonder, but I’d like to.
It’s hard not to compare myself to her and wonder if or when I will reach that place that Katie has realized. I could say that I suffer sometimes, but if I question any thought that surrounds any of my suffering, I begin to realize that I never suffer … NEVER! And it is in this ‘Aha’ realization that I understand why Katie has never suffered as well.
This is a delicious book! I devoured every page, highlighted scores of lines and added mini Post-IT notes to mark pages. I can return time and time again and get nourished. What’s not to love about that?!
So … off I go to experience my joy and gratitude and … question all of my thoughts that cause me any kind of suffering.
Join me … won’t you?
May you be so blessed as to be drawn to this amaging book!
1. How amazing is the affair of the believer, all his affair is good. If something he likes happens he is thankful and it is good for him. And if something he dislikes happens he is patient and it is good for him.
2. The age of the believer adds nothing unto him but goodness
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Books are a very personal taste and depends very much on where you are at, and what you relate at any speific point on your own unique life journey.
Other reviews have written how this book lays it's foundations in the Tao Te Ching,so won't say much about that except to day that it does so in a very accessible, practicable and engaging style, offering immediate insight.
In short ... this book, in my opinion serves as as a spiritual bible, that many could relate to. It creates a simple shift of perspective to see beyond our own unnecessary struggle, reminding us of our true nature as infinite beings. it's a powerfully deep yet very acessible guide lovingly delivered in bite size portions.
For those reviews that rant on about Byron Katie regurgitating the work of other great authors and gurus... well everything inspirational is never a stand alone piece of work, it's all inspired in one way or another or recycled through greater consciousness. Does it really matter?
If it creates a positive life change and you relate to the material, energy of the book and delivery style... then that's what's important. Drop the ego and enjoy the journey this book takes you on 😀.
Coming across this in a local bookstore was a welcome surprise. Her inspired responses to verses of the Tao Te Ching make up this book and they are non-traditional, bold and uncompromising. She talks about everyday experiences she has been through together with more extreme ones such as being confronted with a man with a gun. Sure not everything is 100% consistent, but I'm more than happy to forgive this given the directness of her expression. In many ways this book reminds me of Jeff Foster's "Life without a centre"
"The reasons I love rules and plans and religions is that people feel safe in them for a while. And, personally, I don't have any rules. I don't need them. There's a sense of harmony that goes on all the time as things move and change, and I am that harmony, and so are you"
The only reason I've knocked a star off is that upon looking at her website she charges quite a large amount of money for her courses. While there is nothing wrong with this in itself, it doesn't sit completely well with me.
If you are drawn to this then definitely go for it. If you have already read Byron Katie but are not familiar with eastern thought, I suspect this may be a more challenging read. I would encourage you to pick up this book and dive into it - it's well worth the effort and could change your life.
This book clearly shows how we create our own worlds from our thoughts and how we lead miserable lives . . or joyous ones according to how much we believe the thoughts. It has quotes from the Tao te Ching at each chapter heading, which Katie expands upon in her own way.
Reading this book is like coming home and the fascinating thing for me, is how Taoist theory is linked to our current explorations in Physics . .
A GORGEOUS MIX OF ULTRA DEEP REVELATION ALL FROM THE UNIVERSE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN LOVE WITH ITSELF AND THE VASTNESS OF IT'S OWN CREATIVITY & CREATION.A LOVE POEM TO THOSE WHO ALSO WANT TO WAKE TO THIS AWE INSPIRING REALITY.ANOTHER MASTERPIECE FROM THE AMERICAN BUDDHA. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED